Mole Removal in Miami
What is mole removal?
A mole is a very common skin growth that usually looks like a light or dark brown raised bump anywhere on your skin. They appear because of excess skin cell growth that results in a darker pigment and raised part of the skin. Moles are usually nothing to worry about but should be checked regularly at your dermatology office.
Can I get a mole removed?
Sometimes, a mole grows in a way that either interferes with your regular routine (like shaving or wearing certain clothing) or you dislike the look of the mole. In those cases, a dermatologist can remove the mole using a simple procedure.
While moles are harmless in many cases, they could also indicate a serious health problem when they change in shape, size, or color over time.
You should have the mole checked by a dermatologist if any of these changes occur. Some moles could indicate skin cancer and need to be removed for that reason.
If you notice a changing or suspicious mole, report to a dermatologist as soon as you can to have it looked at. Your dermatologist might recommend further testing or mole removal surgery if skin cancer cannot be ruled out.
Can I remove a mole myself?
Mole removal at home is not recommended. Not only is this painful, but it can also lead to severe bleeding, infection, or other complications. Visiting your dermatologist regularly and undergoing a yearly skin cancer screening is the best way to monitor moles for changes and spot a potentially cancerous growth.
How much does it hurt to get a mole removed?
Mole removal is a relatively simple procedure involving an in-office visit to your dermatologist’s office. Your doctor will likely remove the mole by numbing the area of your skin and then cutting the mole off your skin. You may have some minor pain during or after the procedure, but overall the surgery is quick and easy to undergo. The most serious complication of mole removal surgery is infection after the procedure. Talk to your dermatologist about the steps you can take to prevent mole removal surgery infection.
How long is mole removal surgery healing time?
Your skin will react to mole removal surgery in a way similar to when you cut yourself on the skin’s surface. You may have some scabbing and peeling, and will likely have a scar. Most people heal from the removal after about a week, as long as you use the proper care recommended by your dermatologist.
What does a cancerous mole look like?
The best way to accurately identify a cancerous mole is by visiting a certified dermatologist, who specializes in identifying cancerous moles. In the event that you cannot see a dermatologist right away, or if you have been instructed by your dermatologist to keep an eye on a suspicious mole over time, here are some things you can look for.
Your mole may be cancerous if:
- The mole has changed color over time
- The mole has changed shape over time
- The mole is not round/circular in shape
- The mole is asymmetrical
- The mole has grown large or protrudes excessively
- The mole has an irregular shape or color around its edges
Is swelling after mole removal normal?
After your mole removal surgery, you may notice the skin scabs, swells, or is red for several days following the treatment. Your dermatologist can help you prevent or minimize these effects, so be sure to ask him/her about follow-up care before leaving the office. Some dermatologists recommend keeping the area moist using vaseline to prevent swelling, soreness, redness, and other side effects.
What if I have a mole that is growing back after removal?
After a mole is removed, some of the mole skin cells could be left behind below the skin’s surface. When this happens, those skin cells can regenerate and the mole could reappear after the removal surgery. This does not always happen, but it’s difficult to predict when it will occur. The best way to remedy a mole that has grown back is by visiting your dermatologist for an evaluation of the new mole. Your doctor can examine the skin and determine what the next best step would be to prevent the regrowth in the future.